Did you know there is an old western town, a ghost town of sorts, just on the outskirts of Disneyland Paris? It’s Disney’s Hotel Cheyenne and the theme is loads of fun. Walt Disney himself always wanted to build a Western town in his park, and it’s nice to see this live on over at Disneyland Paris.
The Hotel Cheyenne is located between the Disney’s Hotel NY and Disney’s Sequoia Lodge. It is set back away from Lake Disney and hidden in the woods. The property shares a river with Disney’s Hotel Santa Fe.
It’s a nice walk though the wooded landscape from the Hotel Cheyenne to the Disney Village, Disneyland, and Walt Disney Studios.
If you are use to staying at Walt Disney World in Orlando, I would say this is similar to a moderate resort / Ft Wilderness.
The hotel theme is fantastic. It is literally an old western town with dusty old streets, a general store, watering hole, wash house and more. Exploring this resort is loads of fun.
The best part are the ponies. There is a place by the Chuck Wagon that little kids can take pony rides from down the dusty old streets of this western town. I could just image how much fun my two little girls would have doing that. It also makes for a fantastic photo.
Now in front of the Chuck Wagon is a fenced in stable of sorts. I have to assume this was a petting zoo, or pony stable or something when the resort first opened. This is in the middle of the main area that people gather. The disappointing thing is that now it’s filled with large inflatable balls that kids can climb into and roll around in. These balls look like something out of an Alien movie and they are in the center of this perfectly themed western town. It just does not fit. You can see what I mean here in my video. Disney’s Hotel Cheyenne Video
When I walked up to this ghost town after walking along the woodland path, I first thought it was an abandoned set of buildings. The grass is noting but weeds, and most of the area is dirt with patches of weeds growing. Some of the buildings need to be painted, or have some rotting wood trim if you look closely at some of the corners or backs. There are places in need of maintenance around the grounds and some of the building facades need painting. Also the purple directional signs that you see all over Walt Disney World, they have those at Disneyland Paris to lead you along the paths to each resort. Some of those signs are falling apart, or have not been cleaned in years.
The landscaping overall at all of the Disneyland resorts is not well maintained when compared to Walt Disney World or Disneyland in California. I don’t know if it’s lack of staffing or lack of funds or both, but when you walk around the grounds at Hotel Cheyenne and also at Disney’s Hotel Santa Fe you can see that they are landscaped but not the immaculate grounds and care that you would see at a Disney World or Disneyland California resort.
Now weeds and dirt fit an old western town theme so you can kind of get away with some of the landscaping issues at the Hotel Cheyenne.
Update: Today I went to Hotel Cheyenne again (two days later) and their were ground crews out cleaning up the weeds and also some buildings has scaffolding going up to repaint. So there is work in progress which is great to see.
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- Disneyland Paris: Resort Review Series – Hotel NY (chipandco.com)